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UPHRC seeks action on carcinogens in mid-day meal

5,March, 2016

Meerut: Eight months after TOI reported about the discovery of carcinogens and banned dye in spice and condiments used in the preparation of mid-day meals at a primary school in Khanpur, the Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission (UPHRC) has directed the district magistrate (DM) of Meerut to take appropriate action in the matter. The decision has come after a resident of Mumbai brought the matter to the notice of the UPHRC and submitted TOI’s report as a part of his complaint.

"Let the copy of the complaint be sent to the DM of Meerut for appropriate action in the matter in accordance with the law," read the order passed by justice UK Dhaon, acting chairperson, UPHRC.

The direction has come after a complaint submitted by G D’Souza, a resident of Mumbai on July 30, 2015. D’Souza had used the TOI story’s online copy as evidence while submitting the complaint via an email to the Human Rights Commission wherein he sought for an immediate inquiry into the matter, appropriate compensation to the victims and their families and action against the erring officials.

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